It is somewhat difficult to pull off Charles Dickens' classic in only 11 minutes. Much of the story seems kind of incoherent and rushed unless the viewer has either read the book, or has watched another, longer version of A Christmas Carol. Yes, I'm aware that films back then were typically short, but some of the plot was resolved without even mentioning some of it For instance, Scrooge gave his approval of his nephew's engagement without showing that in the beginning he disapproved of the woman his nephew chose to wed. Also, the men looking for charity contributions didn't seem terribly offended in the first scene and didn't seem clear that Scrooge rudely sent them out. The effects were decent enough for the time, though Scrooge seeing only visions of his past, present and future, rather than traveling through them makes the film suffer a little. The film was okay, but I feel it should really be for those who know the story already.
December 28, 2014 Subject:
Double exposure in A Christmas Carol
Wonderful to see so much & such early double exposure! This (1910) film was made a full decade before Victor Sjöström used it (1920) in The Phantom Carriage.
December 27, 2014 Subject:
How can anyone hate A Christmas Carol especially at Christmas! Still this short could have used less intrusive music. I for one, am still looking for the version that was taken off the air in the 60's I believe because it was so frightening.
December 26, 2014 Subject:
I love every version of Christmas Carol. The very first is GREAT.
I found it fascinating to find this very first movie version of Dickens's "Christmas Carol."
Of course, it is not as fancy as later versions, and its special effects are terrible, but you have to remember that we are spoiled by movies that are an entire century younger.
What amazes me is that they got just about everything into the eleven minutes of movie. Some people might complain that the movie does not make sense, that it leaves too much out, but I would imagine that back in 1910, people read the book before they saw a movie, so the general public already knew the story before they saw the movie.
Even today, some movies make more sense if you have read the book, than if you have not. Just try watching the DUNE movies if you have not read the book, and see what I mean.
This is a wonderful movie.
September 26, 2014 Subject:
Im not sure I could have followed the story without knowing it but It was worth watching. I think I will listen to some Christmas songs now. I LOVE CHRISTMAS.
March 20, 2013 Subject:
I love to see really old silent movies like this. Well done!
March 2, 2013 Subject:
December 21, 2011 Subject:
the soundtrack here is much more appropriate her than the one posted on stagevu
December 7, 2011 Subject:
Condensed A Christmas Carol... or... Scrooge on Speed!
Really well worth watching. For those of us who know and love the story it is amazing that 1910 was able to capture the main high points of the story and express the sentiment and mood of Dickens in just under 11 eleven minutes. It really is a fine job of remastering. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!
Toni Of Olympia, WA
I'm giving this the highest rating based upon the year in was filmed and the restoration values. Of course the story is a classic.
December 22, 2010 Subject:
Not a review
I just wanted to say thank you for posting this film,and Merry Christmas to all.
November 29, 2010 Subject:
The special effects are quite elaborate for 1910. The music choices are effective as well. The story was condensed well, and the acting is typical silent film acting. Well worth the download.